Mercy to enlarge parking area

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Corn Signs sells property to Mercy

Mercy Hospital and Clinic in Cassville will be expanding its parking area, which serves the hospital and clinic.

According to Senior Media Relations Specialist Sonya Kullman, Mercy plans to take possession of the property, which includes a home and business currently belonging to Gary Corn, owner of Corn Signs, in front of the Mercy campus just off Main Street. The business has been operating since 1947, beginning in Wheaton with Corn's father Floyd 'Kenneth' Corn, then moving to Cassville.

Corn and his father made a variety of signs for customers, including business signs, political signs, bumper stickers, T-shirts, hats and even backdrops for church altar areas, where Corn said people were baptized.

Corn said he has seen a lot of businesses come and go over the years.

"Things don't stay the same," he said. "I've had a lot of people tell me they won't watch when they tear it down, but life goes on."

Corn said Mercy's good treatment his mother when she had a stroke is part of the reason he decided to sell the property to the hospital.

"We really thought Mercy deserved the first chance at the property," he said. "We always knew they wanted it."

Doug Stroemel, Mercy Cassville and Mercy Aurora administrator, said the expansion will benefit patients.

"We lost a significant amount of parking space when the new Mercy clinic was constructed several years ago," Stroemel said. "This project will enable us to increase the size of our parking lot and make it more convenient for our patients to access our services."

Businesses and residents nearby will have some benefits, too.

"The neighbors can look forward to new landscaping," Kullman said.

Mercy plans to take possession on or about Sept. 1 but no definite date has been set to begin demolition. Kullman said once construction begins, no road blocks or interruptions to traffic flow in the area are anticipated. An expected completion date has not yet been determined.

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